Acta supplement 2 - Book 1.indb Acta Clin Croat, Vol. 50, (Suppl) No. 2, 2011 43 Acta Clin Croat (Suppl. 2) 2011; 4th international epilepsy symposium in Pula – how to start seizure treatment JOINT MEETING OF RESEARCH GROUP ON DELIVERY OF NEUROLOGICAL SERVICES RGODNS OF WORLD FEDERATION OF NEUROLOGY WFN, CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN STROKE SOCIETY, CROATIAN SOCIETY FOR NEUROVASCULAR DISORDERS AND INPC: ATRIAL FIBRILLATION THE IMPORTANCE OF BROADENING THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION THROUGHOUT THE EUROPE L Battistin1, Vida Demarin2 1University of Padova, Neurology Department, Italy, 2UHC Sestre milosrdnice, Neurology Department, Zagreb Atrial fi brillation is one of the main conventional risk factors for stroke, increases 5-fold stroke risk, 15% of stroke patients have atrial fi brillation. Stroke pa- tients with atrial fi brillation have increased risk mor- bidity/mortality (one year mortality 50%). Almost one third of stroke patients did not know for having atrial fi brillation before stroke onset. Less than 50% eligi- ble patients receive indicated antithrombotic therapy. Considering the demographic transition, we can ex- pect in the future a progressive increase of strokes occurring in subjects with AF. When the severity of this type of stroke, its poor outcome, and the unsat- isfactory application of randomized controlled trials results are taken into account, reducing the burden of stroke associated with AF must be one of the major challenges facing health planning in Europe.